Fox News just reported that scientists in Argentina had discovered a brand new dinosaur species.
They called this new animal “Bajadasaurus,” – an herbivore that lived about 140 million years ago, according to the scientific journal Nature, which first unveiled the findings.
Its name is an amalgam of Spanish, Greek, and Latin, meaning “lizard from Bajada with forward-bending spines.”
The dinosaur’s spine sparked controversy
The dinosaur’s spine was the element that sparked tons of speculations about what purpose these might have had.
Pablo Gallina who is a paleontologist who came across a set of the dino’s teeth back in 2010, said that the “long and sharp spines,” were likely used to “deter possible predators.”
If it weren’t for the sharp spines, Gallina said, the dinosaur’s structure “could have been easily broken or fractured with a blow or when being attacked by other animals,” Fox News reports.
A reproduction of the dinosaur and its very unusual neck has been recently displayed in the Cultural Science Center in Buenos Aires.
This is a unique family of dinosaurs with neck spines, and the first one was discovered more than 100 years ago in Tanzania.
Gallina said that new species are being found all the time and the diversity is increasing on a yearly basis.
Ancient Iguana ancestor, discovered in Antarctica
We also recently revealed another species that has been just discovered.
When Antarctica was not a frozen territory, there lived the ancient iguana ancestor, a mid-size reptile that ate bugs and small animals.
About 250 million years ago, in Antarctica, there lived an ancient iguana, a lizard as big as the modern-day iguana, but which was eating both bugs and small mammals, according to a recent study.
“Meet Antarctanax shackletoni, an archosaur, an early relative of dinosaurs and crocodiles. Based on their fossil findings, researchers believe that Antarctanax was a lizard-sized carnivore that ate bugs, early mammals and amphibians,” according to CBC News.
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